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Conservation Excellence Grants

Mill Creek Ranch near Gunnison, CO. Photo by Sean Sheridan.

Conservation Excellence grants foster exploration of pressing needs in today’s conservation community, including engaging local communities to support land conservation, the stewardship of orphaned conservation easements, collaboration among land trusts, and more. Projects will fall into one or more of four main categories – Policy, Standards and Education, Community Engagement, and Stewardship and Long-term Sustainability – and will produce results that are replicable by or applicable to other conservation organizations in the state. The Conservation Excellence program does not fund efforts to initiate or renew an open space tax, organizational strategic planning or capacity building for a land trust or open space program, land acquisitions, construction of recreational amenities, or restoration of land, riparian areas, or infrastructure. Each grant request is limited to up to $100,000.

Who Can Apply

This program is open to all entities eligible to receive GOCO open space purpose funds:

  1. Colorado municipality or county
  2. Political subdivision of the State of Colorado that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas
  3. Non-profit land conservation organization (land trust or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas)
  4. Colorado Parks and Wildlife

How To Apply

Call Alex Castino at 303.226.4517 to determine your project's eligibility and whether it will be competitive.

 

All grant applications must be submitted electronically through our online portal. 

 

Application Forms

When To Apply

  • March 28, 2019: Application posted
  • May 30, 2019: Applications due
  • September 27, 2019: Grants awarded

Questions?

Contact Alex Castino at 303.226.4517.